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Discovery is everything. It’s always been the case for me—since, like, kindergarten. It’s probably the reason I got into magazines and fashion and became an editor.

Recently, when researching artists in the Bay Area for a shoot, I came across this—and it blew my mind. Artist Monica Canilao’s Oakland studio was baroque, raw, heavy-handed, and effortless, all at the same time. I was obsessed. I filed it away, and then saw the Spring 2014 collections, an exercise in contrasts. The Jewel Box (as I discovered the communal artists’ space was called) was like the physical embodiment of Marc Jacobs’ swan song for Louis Vuitton—ostrich-plume headdresses, handcuffs, and jeans. The space and the Spring collections shared an over-the-top yet naif tension. I had to shoot these clothes in that creative mayhem.

The next move was to show the space to my favorite collaborator and photographer Silja Magg (pronounced Seel-ya). She is Icelandic and as gorgeous as the day is long. A tomboy who loves a vaporizer cig and the street, Silja was instantly obsessed, too. She flew in from New York, we hit Oakland, and here is how it went:


Natalie in the courtyard, wearing Louis Vuitton, Levi’s, and Miu Miu sneakers.


Miu Miu on the street.




Prada coat, Saint Laurent booties, Graff diamond-and-ruby earrings, vintage vest and tee.

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Natalie in artist Leighton Kelly’s space, wearing Prada.

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Gucci robe, Monique Péan earrings.

Photographs by Silja Magg. Stylist: Lauren Goodman. Model: Natalie Keyser at Fusion. Images commissioned by 7×7 magazine.

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